A shoulder wound being held close by 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures.

3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closure

3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures are versatile adhesive bandage strips used to close small wounds. All 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures are breathable and sterile, increase the tensile strength of the wound, and lead to less tissue trauma and better cosmetic outcomes compared to sutures and staples.¹


When to use 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures

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    As a primary wound closure device for wounds from surgical incisions or fresh low-tension lacerations.
  • An icon of a bandage.
    As a secondary wound closure device to reinforce skin integrity after early suture or staple removal.
  • An icon of a bandage with a plus sign.
    As an additional wound closure device used together with suture or staple closures.

Why use 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures

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  • An icon of coins falling into a hand.
    Offer a cost-saving and cost-effective alternative to skin adhesives, sutures or staples.²
  • An icon showing that no needles are needed.
    Allow for non-invasive application without needles, instruments or local anesthesia.
  • An icon of a analog meter.
    Improved wound healing and cosmetic outcomes.³
  • An icon of a shield with a check mark on it.

    Help minimize infection potential.* 4,5,6

    *When compared to staples or sutures.4,5,6


How to apply
  • A wound being cleaned.
    Step 1

    Clean and dry skin 5 cm (2 in) around the wound.

  • The back package of 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures being pulled back.
    Step 2

    Peel back package across tabs to access the sterile 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures.

  • The card behind the 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures behind bent and removed.
    Step 3

    Remove and bend card at end perforation and gently remove tab.

  • Two hands applying a skin closure two a wound.
    Step 4
    Grasp end of skin closure with forceps or gloved hand, lifting straight upwards (90º angle).
  • Two hands applying a skin closure to a wound.
    Step 5
    3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures must be applied without tension. Do not stretch or “strap” the closures. Apply one-half of first closure to wound margin and press firmly in place.
  • A wound with three 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures across it.
    Step 6
    Using fingers or forceps, pull skin edges as closely as possible. Press free half of the closure firmly to the other side of the wound.
  • A wound with three 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures across it and two running perpendicular to the wound.
    Step 7
    Repeat steps 1 through 6 across the remainder of the wound with additional closures, leaving approximately 3 mm (1/8 in) between them.
How to remove
  • A wound with three 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures across it and two running perpendicular to the wound.
    Step 1

    Remove cross stays and gently grasp and loosen ends of 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures.

  • Two gloved hands starting to remove a 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closure.
    Step 2

    Hold skin with one finger and remove 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closures “low and slow” towards the wound, keeping it close to skin surface and pulled back over itself.

  • Two gloved hands removing a 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closure.
    Step 3
    Continue moving finger as necessary, supporting newly exposed skin. When both sides of the 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Adhesive Skin Closure completely loosened, lift strip up from centre of wound.
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References

  1.  Pepicello J, Yavorek H; Five year experience with tape closure of abdominal wounds. Surgery Gynecology and Obsterics, 1989, 169(4); 310-314.
  2.  Zempsky, W.T., Zehrer, C.L., Lyle, C.T., Hedbloom, E.C. Economic Comparison of Methods of Wound Closure: Wound Closure Strips vs. Sutures and Wound Adhesives. Int Wound J 2005;2:272–281.
  3.  Traub, A.C. and Quattlebaum, F.W. Cutaneous Wound Closure: Early Staple Removal and Replacement by Skin Tapes, Contemporary Surgery, 18: 1981.
  4.  Hirshman, H.P., Schuman, D.J., Kajiyama, G. Penetration of staphylococcus aureus into sutured wounds. J Ortho Res, 2:269-271, 1984.
  5.  Pepicello, J., Yavorek, H. Five year experience with tape closure of abdominal wounds.Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, 1989, 169(4); 310-314.
  6.  Edlich, R.F., Rodeheaver, G., Kuphal, J., Holl, J.D., Smith, S.L., Bacchetta, C., Edgerton, M.T. Technique of Closure: Contaminated Wounds. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians, 1974, NOV/DEC:375-381.
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